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NO FEE Jack Grapes Poetry Prize, $1,200 in prizes! – Cultural Weekly, DEADLINE: Aug. 31, 2019

Cultural Weekly's 7th annual Jack Grapes Poetry Prize is open! This year they are awarding three winners and six finalists. The three winners will receive $250 each, plus publication. The six finalists will receive $75 each, plus publication.

The contest is free to enter and will be judged by poets Eric Morago, Tanya Ko Hong and Alexis Rhone Fancher.

I wondered how and why this contest came to be, so I asked Poetry Editor Alexis Rhone Fancher a few questions to find out. See my interview with Fancher and a link to their contest guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about The Jack Grapes Poetry Prize.

FANCHER: The Jack Grapes Poetry Prize is Cultural Weekly's yearly poetry contest. It runs from the beginning of July thru August 31st. This is our 7th year of running the contest. Previous winners include such poetry luminaries as Amy Miller, Beate Sigriddaughter, Lee Rossi, and Amber Decker.

In past years, we have had one judge, who awarded a first prize, second prize and third prize winner, and six finalists, all winning cash and publication. Last year we started doing it a bit differently. We have three, diverse judges, Eric Morago, Tanya Ko Hong, and along with myself. Three winners will receive $250 each, plus publication; six finalists will receive $75 each, plus publication. The deadline to enter is August 31 (Midnight, Pacific Time) and poets can enter up to three poems. The contest is free to enter.

HOPKINSON: How/why was The Jack Grapes Poetry Prize originally started?

FANCHER: We started the Jack Grapes Poetry Prize in 2013, and named it after poet and teacher Jack Grapes, whose work, encouragement, publishing activities, and overall spirit have inspired thousands of poets. As a non-profit organization, generous donations make the Poetry Prize possible.

HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?

FANCHER: As a weekly cultural, political and arts 'zine, we cast a wide net. Anyone interested in current events, dance, photography, music, theatre, architecture, poetry, politics, and criticism is our target audience.

HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?

FANCHER: We are looking for polished brilliance, poetry that makes us laugh, cry, and ponder; poems we can't get out of our head. Send us what we don't have. Make us sit up and take notice!

HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?

FANCHER: That shining jewel of a poem that from the first reading, shimmers, and with each successive reading, shines even more brightly. Surprise us! Wow us!

HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?

FANCHER: Diode, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, San Pedro River Review, decomP, Poetry East, KYSO Flash, Nerve Cowboy, Pirene's Fountain, Rise Up Review, Verse Daily, Vox Populi, Great Weather for MEDIA, Tin House, Slipstream, Rattle, Scissors & Spackle, Hobart, SoFloPoJo, Hyperallergic.

HOPKINSON: Where can folks send contest entries?

FANCHER: Here's a link to "The Rules" that includes the link to submit up to 2 poems to our contest:

This FREE TO ENTER contest is open to all poets, worldwide, writing in English.

HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you? 

FANCHER: If you've checked out "The Rules" and still have a question, you can email it to our Poetry Editor, Alexis Rhone Fancher at:

Click here to read contest guidelines

DEADLINE: August 31, 2019 


NOTES: No simultaneous submissions, but a decision will be made quickly.

PRIZES: “There will be 3 WINNERS and 6 FINALISTS. WINNERS will receive $250 each, plus publication. FINALISTS will receive $75 each, plus publication.”

FORMS: Poetry


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6 replies »

  1. Question: does my own WordPress blog count as the two do nots above? I’m not familiar with the term “edited website” sorry. I’m ‘stewpids’ sometimes. Please clarify?

  2. Hi, Trish,

    Thanks for publishing our contest.

    There are a few of updates needed. This is our 7th Contest, not our 6th. And the judges for this year's contest are: Eric Morago, Tanya Ko Hong, and Alexis Rhone Fancher. Also, this year we are asking for 2 poems, not 3.

    Thanks for updating the post. Hope life is treating you well. And thanks for all you do for Poetry!

    Warm Regards, Alexis



  3. It’s unfortunate the links provided for submission keeps saying ip address not found. what exactly does that mean anyway??

    • The links are all working for me this morning. Maybe try them again? It sounds like either your browser was having an issue, the internet was having an issue, or their site was having an issue :).

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